MadCap Brew Co. is ready to embark on a major expansion, saying it will invest nearly $1 million in its brewery.

The Kent production brewery — which just so happens to be celebrating the one-year anniversary of its tasting room this weekend — is buying its building at 1422 Mogadore Road, purchasing new fermenters, expanding its taproom space and adding an outdoor patio.

“I never imagined at this point we’d be here,” co-founder Ryan Holmes said. “It’s humbling and really cool to have the support we’ve had.”

MadCap, known for beers such as Bullet IPA and Bad LeRoy Brown Ale, launched as a nanobrewery in late 2012 in a Stow garage. It relocated to Kent and expanded with a 10-barrel brewing system last year.

MadCap is pushing its capacity now and has had to turn down requests from bars and restaurants just to keep up with the thirsty drinkers at its tasting room and current accounts. The additional equipment, including new 20-barrel fermenters, will allow the brewery to distribute more of its draft beer. (MadCap doesn’t bottle or can.)

“If people are coming and knocking at your door, it’s stupid to turn it down,” Holmes said.

He’s not worried about the increased competition, with more breweries opening seemingly every day. MadCap is a little off the beaten path and is a destination space, he said.

The beer industry also is becoming more hyper-local — in other words, drinkers are more interested in trying locally made, neighborhood brews and that’s where MadCap fits in, Holmes said.

The renovations will include event space and air conditioning. Holmes, who estimated the renovations and investment in equipment at “just under $1 million,” wants the taproom to evolve and be a cool place for people to visit. It features communal picnic table seating now and plenty of games such as pinball.

As for that anniversary, MadCap is spreading the celebration over three days: 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $15 at the door and include a commemorative glass filled with your favorite MadCap beer. Brewer Vince Rinaldo has created a Belgian-style quad for the occasion.

Zero K beer run

For those folks who like to drink beer and not run, Maize Valley Brewery, 6193 Edison St. NE, Marlboro Township, has a race for you.

The brewery-winery will host its inaugural Drink for Pink Zero K Race at noon Sunday.

Yes, you read that right. It’s a Zero K run — meaning no running, just beer drinking. The party begins one minute after the “race” starts.

If you do happen to enjoy running, you’re in luck. The brewery also is hosting its inaugural Hopnesia IPA 5K, which will weave its way through the farm.

Participants in either “race” receive a T-shirt and a beer. All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fight breast cancer.

The brewery also will be selling Zero K stickers for $5, with the proceeds benefiting people affected by Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys.

Tickets for the Zero K are $35, while tickets for the 5K are $50. For more details, go to:

Beer Women Rock

The third annual Beer Women Rock — a charitable event organized by women in the beer industry — is 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Jukebox, 1404 W. 29th St, Cleveland.

The event, which will benefit the Refugee Response this year, will include craft beer from Bell’s, Dogfish Head, SweetWater, MadTree, Great Lakes, Fat Head’s, Market Garden, Platform, Sibling Revelry and Masthead.

The women involved — a coalition of female craft beer professionals — also brewed a special beer called Coraline, a tart saison with hibiscus, rose hips and orange peel.

In addition to the beer, the event will feature music and games. There also will be a 50/50 drawing and raffles. Organizers also are accepting school supplies and backpacks at the door in return for free raffle tickets.

The event is free to attend and people pay for the beer they drink.

Craft Beer Fest

The fifth annual Craft Beer Fest returns Oct. 6 to the Heritage Barn at Silver Springs Park in Stow.

The event, hosted by the nonprofit Stow-Munroe Falls Community Foundation, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. and showcase five local breweries: MadCap, McArthur’s, Ohio, HiHO and Headtrip.

In addition to beer, the fest will feature a raffle for craft beers, restaurant gift certificates and overnight hotel stays; 50/50 drawing; and an all-you-can-eat Oktoberfest buffet with German favorites such as bratwurst and sauerkraut, German potato salad, soft pretzels and desserts.

Proceeds benefit Stow-Munroe Falls students, local flood victims and other causes.

Tickets are $40. There also is a $20 food-only and designated driver ticket. Tickets are available from or Gary Aleman at

Oktoberfest reminder

The Lock 3 Oktoberfest, sponsored by Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., rolls into Lock 3 in downtown Akron from 1 to 9 p.m. Sept. 30.

The event will feature German food such as pork schnitzel, Bavarian pretzels and strudel, along with Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest, Labrador Lager, Heaven & Helles Lager; and Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest.

The event is free to attend. You just pay for the beer and food you drink.

Speaking event

I will be speaking about my new book the 50 Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 Third St., Cuyahoga Falls.

Sorry, no beer. But the talk is free to attend.

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or Read his beer blog at Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.